Now that Detroit Public Schools has solidified its closings list, the district will ramp up its marketing plan to try to keep every student it can.
The district announced Monday that 18 schools will be spared from its closing list, but 32 schools and one support building will close between this summer and January. Most parents, teachers and students had been anticipating the news since a proposed list was released in March. But four schools — Barsamian Preparatory High, Detroit Transition Center East and West, and Hancock Alternative Middle School — were surprised to learn they will close or move this year.
A fifth, Duke Ellington Elementary, found out it will be closing toward the end of this year.
“The reality is that schools must close,” said emergency financial manager Robert Bobb. “But we have done our best to ensure that in every case, children will benefit from our decision.”